Communications Consultant - SDG Financing

Location : Home Based
Application Deadline :18-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :IPSA (Regular)
Post Level :IPSA-8
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Expected Duration of Assignment :10 months

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


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The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.


UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements.

Office/Unit/Project Description 

The Fund supports countries as they accelerate their progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It operates through a series of Calls for the United Nations (UN) system that lead to the implementation of transformative Joint Programmes (JPs), under the leadership of Resident Coordinators (RCs). In doing so the Fund is committed to forge paths and partnerships that unlock public and private capital for the SDGs at scale

In order to respond to the growing demand from countries to learn about approaches to Integrated National Financing Frameworks (INFFs) the United Nations along with UNDP and the Joint SDG Fund have developed platforms for UNCTs. To support this work, the INFF Knowledge Platform and related communications channels need to be managed and curated in ways that ensure knowledge is provided to inspire and inform the INFF work within the Joint SDG Fund’s joint programmes at the country level as well as in ways that establishes supporting communications infrastructure in the form of social media, events, and development of communications and knowledge products.

Institutional Arrangement

The Communications Consultant will report to the Communications Specialist

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

1. Communications and knowledge management

  • Drive the coordination of communications and knowledge management of SDG Financing portfolio, 69 country joint programmes.
  • Propose a list of news stories, blog posts, etc; get updates on any new resources, events, launches that are happening that month. Submit proposed stories for approval.
  • Drive the coordination of communications and knowledge management activities within Joint SDG Fund and across organizations (notably including UNDP, DESA, DCO)
  • Outreach (possible newsletter, new publication alerts, upcoming event/webinar alerts, etc.) database should be segmented into key target audiences.
  • Reach out to key contacts - that can either provide information for the story or draft the story themselves
  • Attend selected meetings to source newsworthy content and spend time searching for new events and resources online or reaching out to contacts for updates.
  • Drive the coordination of communications and knowledge management activities between Joint SDG Fund and INFF.

2. Website management

  • Produce and edit web content within the SDG Financing portfolio in line with organizational objectives, including building block and country pages updates.
  • Oversee text revisions to SDG Financing webpage and microsite.

3. Events

  • One digital campaign with INFF linked to the UN General Assembly, working with the Joint SDG Fund’s Social Media Strategist to develop of media kits.
  • Participate in SDG Financing/INFF webinars and workshops.



Professionalism: Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication:Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Social Science or other relevant areas of study or closely related fields.

Min. years of relevant Work experience

  • At least 2 years’ experience developing audience-specific content for communications and marketing pieces, engagement and advocacy calls to action;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills

Required  skills and competencies

Leadership: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others.

  • Actively shares knowledge

Communication and relationship management: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis

  • Communicates ideas and positions with command and confidence
  • Finds common ground to solve problems

Innovation: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully

  • Contributes to prototyping, piloting, and evaluating lessons / feedback

People Management: Models independent thinking and action

  • Demonstrates behaviors of teamwork, collaboration, knowledge sharing, maintaining relationships

Delivery: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services.

  • Embraces complex challenges and opportunities for getting work done
  • Ability to embrace challenges with minimal supervision
  • Works to develop organizational awareness of UNDP’s approach to client service delivery and integrity and accountability

Technical Abilties: Apply and Adapt

  • Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

UN System

  • In-depth and up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the UN system and the mandates of constituent agencies, including with UN corporate standards and language requirements.

Desired additional skills and competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to pitch editorial and other content ideas, and provide rationale grounded in the propensity to directly support organizational objectives;
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, collect and curate content to support storytelling in digital channels including web (including both blog and conversion pages), social media channels and email communications;
  • Knowledge of sustainable finance topics (public/private);
  • Demonstrated knowledge of international development and world affairs in addition to a passion for the digital space and trends;
  • Knowledge of the UN and previous work experience in developing countries is desirable.

Required Language(s) (at working level)

  • Fluent in written and spoken English. Working knowledge of another UN language is considered an asset. 

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